JIS — Cabinet has approved two contracts totalling US$30 million to continue activities under the Tablets in Schools project.
Of the sum, US$16 million was awarded to GeoTech Vision Limited, while US$14 million was awarded to Innovative Corporate Solutions Limited for the supply and delivery of tablet carts and services.
The disclosure was made by Ruel Reid, minister of education, youth and information, during Wednesday’s post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.
Among the objectives of the Tablets in Schools project are to provide children in educational institutions with appropriate devices based on agreed guidelines for e-learning; provide all educational institutions with appropriate technology, e-content and training of teachers in technology integration; and build competence in the use of technology.
Senator Reid said it is paramount that students be technologically adept, noting that very soon, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will be administering aspects of their tests online.
“Tablets, laptops, all of this is part of the menu … . Our information technology policy will give guidance to our stakeholders on how to manage the (technology) resources in our schools, so that is something we have to embrace,” he said.
Reid, in the meantime, pointed to the need to ensure that children remain physically active even while they keep up with the latest technological advancements.